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comment Our 6 months old son wants to walk. Can this be problematic?
@anongoodnurse: I understand that you don't agree with the POV that walkers are bad for child development. This is nevertheless quite a common opinion among physicians and pediatrists in Europe. And still, they can be considered harmful because of the risk of injuries, especially for 2-months olds (falling down won't have the same effect on e.g. a 1-year old).
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comment Our 6 months old son wants to walk. Can this be problematic?
@anongoodnurse: This is based on research telling that baby walkers also delay motor and mental development (Siegel/Burton 1999, cited in the NYT I cited; is it the 1999 study you're referring to?). Several studies suggest that they may actually delay walking by two to three weeks (e.g. Burrows/Griffiths 2013). These devices have also led to many injuries. Health Canada, CPSC, American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids In Danger, and other organizations have issued warnings to discourage parents from using baby walkers.
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comment Our 6 months old son wants to walk. Can this be problematic?
@Erica: I meant that it's way too early to stimulate walking, not for a child to show willingness to stand up. Thanks for the link to the "standing up" question that very well explains my point!
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comment Our 6 months old son wants to walk. Can this be problematic?
@Joe: Agreed, the first version of this answer was a bit simplistic. I've added precisions and included your view of "Every child is different" which I do share and should indeed be reminded in every Parenting.SE answer!
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comment Too many languages?
@MichaelKjörling I totally disagree. Kids will encounter the language used in society (here, Danish) at school and when the family is with Danish speakers. It's completely sufficient to master the language. Languages used at home or for specific contexts are a bonus, that won't affect the kid's skills in the society's language.
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